APIP - The Road To Full Implementation

Saturday, June 22, 2013: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Chesapeake A-B (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
Content Strands:
  1. Transitioning assessment systems
  2. Transitioning special populations
The Accessible Portable Item Profile (APIP) standard provides a powerful solution for the interoperability and accessibility of assessment content. As vendors, states, and consortia work towards full APIP implementation, it is clear that three key issues require further discussions and development: conformance, building Personal Needs Profiles, and item tagging. This session is designed to provide more information about what it means to be APIP conformant, how PNP Builder technology can be developed, and how item content can be tagged for accessibility. An open panel discussion with multiple state representatives will explore these issues from state and consortia perspectives.

Interoperability is essential for any system that is comprised of multiple components and is used across multiple contexts. The Race to the Top Assessment program has provided considerable financial resources to the consortia to support the development of an assessment system that will be used within several state educational systems. Key to developing a system composed of components that interoperate in a seamless and efficient manner is the adoption of standard methods for: a) storing data, b) coding (or tagging) test item content; c) formatting and packaging files, and d) transferring information across components.

Developed through a federally funded Enhanced Assessment Grant by a consortium of states originally led by Minnesota’s assessment office, the Accessible Portable Item Profile (APIP) is an open-standard that uses the Question Test Interoperability (QTI) standard as a foundation and includes a set of tags that address a variety of accessibility needs. APIP combines existing features of QTI and new accessibility tags into a single profile that establishes a standard method for tagging and packaging item content. In addition to providing a solution for item content tagging and packaging, APIP includes a standard method for specifying student access and accommodation needs using access tags within a students’ Personal Needs Profile. To support further development and implementation of APIP, IMS Global Learning Consortium has formed an APIP working group, which consists of test vendors and representatives from state departments of education, members of which are proposed to discuss the efforts of this group to date.

In this session we will provide information about three main areas of interest. 1. We will provide information about what it means to be APIP conformant. Content, Personal Needs Profile, and Delivery conformance has been defined by the IMS End User and Technical Working Group. During this session, we will provide a non-technical explanation of conformance and conformance monitoring. 2. How PNP Builder technology is being built and how it integrates with other components of test delivery 3. How assessment content can be tagged with accessibility information. Tagging items for accessibility is currently being implemented for consortia assessments. In this session we will provide an overview of what is being done and show tools for implementing item tagging.

After an introductory presentation state members of the APIP working group will share their perspective on these issues in a panel format.